Last Updated on 20th April 2020
What’s In A Name? the ferocious comedy by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patelliere returns in 2020. Jeremy Sams directs Joe Thomas, Bo Poraj, Emma Carter, Louise Marwood and Alex Gaumond. Book now for The What’s In A Name Tour.
Adam Blanshay Productions today announces the return of the What’s In A Name? Tour, adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from the award-winning French film and stage sensation, Le Prènom, by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière. Internationally acclaimed comedy, What’s In A Name? hilariously captures a particularly awkward family dinner party.
The ferocious comedy has garnered critical acclaim from across the country since first embarking in the autumn earlier this year, with praise in particular for the cast who will be returning in the new year; Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat), Bo Poraj (Miranda, Musketeers), Emma Carter (Temple), Louise Marwood (Emmerdale) and Alex Gaumond (Company, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Matilda).
Father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. They are joined by childhood friend Carl for a mature and sophisticated gathering. The meal is lovingly prepared, and wine carefully selected. The friends are prepared for the usual humorous exchanges they’ve come to expect.
But tonight, a startling revelation about the name chosen for Vincent’s and Anna’s expected child becomes the catalyst for a destructive argument which spirals hysterically out of control. Tonight no one is holding back! Egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are relentlessly and hilariously exposed for the first time.
The original play premiered in 2010 at the Théâtre Édouard VII in Paris, France, where the production received six Molière Award nominations and ran for over 300 performances. Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière then wrote the screenplay for the film (2011) which played to over 3.25 million people in France alone. It received widespread critical acclaim, and won several César awards from the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, along with the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec at the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Radio Canada Audience Award at the Cinéfranco International Francophone Film Festival in Toronto. The Italian translation of the movie went on to receive several prestigious Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalist awards. The play has now been translated into over 22 languages, and has had incredible box office success around the world.
What’s In A Name? is written by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière with adaptation, translation and direction by Jeremy Sams. Set will be designed by Francis O’Connor and lighting design is by Rick Fisher.
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WHAT’S IN A NAME? TOUR SCHEDULE 2020
11 – 14 March 2020
The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
16 – 21 March 2020
Curve Studio, Leicester
23 – 28 March 2020
Theatre Royal Bath
30 March – 4 April 2020
Lighthouse – Poole’s Centre For The Arts
7 – 11 April 2020
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
15 – 18 April 2020
Theatre Royal Brighton
21 – 26 April 2020
Churchill Theatre, Bromley